George Clooney’s Danny Ocean is out of the picture. His sister, Debbie (Sandra Bullock), has recently been freed from prison, and while locked behind bars, Debbie got planning. Now free, she’s determined to return to her criminal ways and pull off a heist bigger than she’s ever pulled before; a $150 million necklace to be worn by Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) during this year’s met gala. So Debbie puts together a crew, featuring an all star cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Awkwafina and Sarah Paulson, and she begins working on what soon becomes an impossible heist.
There’s not a weak link to be found when all these actors are in the spotlight, even if character arcs are completely absent (but have they ever really been present in these films?). Every character gets a small, but memorable glimmer of an outside life, which is hard to balance in such a gigantic cast, but it works for the purpose of the film. You won’t leave head over heels in love with any of them, but they’re serviceable for the plot and the actors absolutely go to town. Just look at that cast. It’s insane how many celebrities are in this film, and none feel wasted. Not even James Cordon!
You could easily take what’s already here and edit it down from a 110-minute movie to a 100-minute movie without actually sacrificing any major scene. Along with Ross, Welfling feels like a strange choice for a film like this. They both come from very different backgrounds and while I like and appreciate both of them as filmmakers, they struggle to fill the shoes left behind by Steven Soderbergh, who only serves as a producer on this new installment. Had he directed the film, even with the exact script used here, it would’ve resulted in a much better movie.
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